When you’re using InDesign to create digital publishing apps for mobile devices, you can add all kinds of interactive effects, including panoramas. A panorama overlay can give you the impression that you’re inside a building or cockpit, allowing you to spin around and zoom in and out.
Unfortunately, creating the source files for panoramas is not easy. A panorama overlay requires six images that represent the inside of a cube.
You can use Photoshop to create a 3D panorama image. However, converting a 3D panorama image into the six images requires a third-party tool such as Pano2VR. Here’s how to use Pano2VR to convert a 3D panorama image into the six images required by the Overlay Creator.
1. Create or obtain the panorama image.
2. Install and start Pano2VR. You can download Pano2VR here.
You can download and experiment with a free version that includes a watermark in any output.
3. Drag the panorama image into the Input area of Pano2VR.
4. Click Convert Input, choose Cube Faces from the Type menu, and choose PNG for format type. Specify a known folder for the PNG files.
5. Click Convert to generate the six files.
Pano2VR is also useful for determining the upper and lower limit values for panorama images that include blank spots at the top and bottom. After you drag in the image, click Modify under Viewing Parameters, select Show Limits and select Ignore Limits In Preview. Look at the Tilt value as you drag the image. (For the negative Tilt value that appears in Pano2VR when you scroll to the bottom of the image, use a positive value for Button in the Overlay Creator.)